On Tuesday, July 2, 2013, the Board of County Commissioners adopted an ordinance proposed by Commissioner Jean Monestime, District 2, which requires County contractors to hire workers from the surrounding community where a public improvement project is located before hiring from other areas in the County.  Contractors must also submit their plan to hire local workers before signing a contract with the County. The changes are expected to significantly strengthen the Community Workforce Program, which was originally created to increase job opportunities for residents living in economically challenged communities known as Designated Target Areas (DTA).
Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson joined Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa, Commissioners Jean Monestime and José "Pepe" Diaz in welcoming K.T. Lim, Chairman of the Genting Group/Resorts World, in christening the Bimini SuperFast on June 28, 2013 at the Port of Miami.  Resorts World Bimini, the newest destination resort in the Americas, will start offering round-trips between PortMiami and Bimini twice daily aboard the Bimini SuperFast cruise ship.  Resorts World has committed to advancing the funding for upgrades at PortMiami’s Terminal H as part of a long-term lease agreement with the Port. The entire project represents a $100 million investment by Resorts World, and is projected to create more than 60 construction jobs and 250 direct and indirect jobs, in addition to the 300 jobs onboard the ship.  Once upgraded, Terminal H will be a world-class facility capable of accommodating up to 3,000 passengers per day.
City of Miami Gardens, FL – In a 7-0 unanimous vote, during the Wednesday, June 26th 2013 City Council Meeting, City of Miami Gardens Council members agreed to adopt a No Tolerance pledge for the City and residents aimed at further reducing violence, illegal activities and promoting increased involvement in community programs. Sponsored by Councilwoman Felicia Robinson, Seat 4, the For the Children Sake campaign takes effect immediately. Acknowledging too many lives have been lost to gun violence, future success lost to school drop-outs and the disruption of communities due to illegal drug activity, Councilwoman Robinson responded to calls from community members to take a stand.
Sharief will now serve on FAC executive committee and likely ascend to become FAC President in 2016 Broward County Vice Mayor Barbara Sharief was elected to serve as 2nd Vice President of the Florida Association of Counties (FAC). Vice Mayor Sharief was officially installed on Friday, along with members of the FAC Executive Committee and FAC Board of Directors. “I am both honored and very humbled to receive the nomination for 2nd Vice President of FAC. I am so appreciative of the confidence and faith that my colleges have in me. I will continue to represent the best interest of all Florida's counties to the best of my ability,” said Vice Mayor Sharief.